The Sacred Place Of Birth

Since the 1960s, there has been a lot written about the place to have a baby. The “safety” lobby has pushed more and more for all hospital births, while, with a strength of its own, the “normality” lobby has pulled birth back into the home. The debate about whether home is best has continued in and out of the newspapers and professional journals, with women supporting the desire for choice to birth in either area.

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About Author: Jenny Hall

Jenny Hall is Midwifery Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K. She is clinical editor of The Practising Midwife and author of Midwifery Mind and Spirit, available from Books for Midwives. She has five daughters, all born at home!

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